The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday passed N1.169 trillion 2020 Appropriation Bill for the state.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu had on Nov. 8 presented a budget of N1.168 trillion with the theme “Budget of Reawakening”.
NAN reports that the passage followed the report by the joint Committee of the House on Appropriation and Finance, and the House Committee on Budget and Economic Planning.
Mr Rotimi Olowo is the Chairman of the Appropriation and Finance Committee, while the Budget and Economic Planning Committee is headed by Mr Gholahan Yishawu.
Yishawu noted that the approved budget contained 78 amendments as recommended by the joint committees and approved by the House through a voice vote conducted by the Speaker, Mr Mudashiru Obasa.
He said with the amendments, the approved budget contained N451,528,914,805 from the Consolidated Revenue fund as the recurrent expenditure.
The lawmaker said the N711,032,979,185 was from Development Fund as the total capital expenditure.
Yishawu explained that the total budget for the year ending Dec. 31, 2020 was now N1.169 trillion as against N1.168 trillion proposed by the governor.
NAN reports that Sanwo-Olu had earmarked 62 per cent, representing N723.75 billion of total spending, for capital expenditure, while the recurrent expenditure, put at 38 per cent, will take N444.81 billion.
Sanwo-Olu announced that the proposed budget would be funded from a projected Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of N1.071 trillion.
The budget deficit, put at N97.53 billion, will be financed through internal and external loans, while the fiscal proposal also included a provision for the new minimum wage.
Sanwo-Olu had said that the proposed budget would help the state achieve a sustainable social investment and scale up private sector-led economic growth through investment in infrastructure and security.
He said it would also improve civic engagement in governance and foster partnership with the Federal Government and the civil society.
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The Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service (KDIRS) says the state has generated over N44 billion as Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in 2019.Dr Zaid Abubakar, Executive Chairman made the disclosure while presenting the agency’s scorecard for the year at a news conference on Monday in Kaduna.Abubakar said the revenue generated surpassed the N43 billion target for the year by N1 billion.Abubakar pointed out that this was the first time that the state met its revenue target and even surpassed it, describing the feat as “a new benchmark” for revenue collection in the state.He attributed the achievement to the overwhelming support from Gov. Nasir El-Rufa’i, the political will and free-hand accorded to the agency to do its job without interference.Abubakar also cited the rejiging of the revenue administration system since his assumption of office five months ago as a major factor for the outstanding IGR.According to him, the agency was reorganised to engender professionalism and adoption of innovations around Information and Communication technology to ease revenue administration and collection.“So far, as at December 30, we have collected a total of N44,0179,536,34.72 and will collect more between now and December 31.“This feat was made possible because we have been able to rejig the revenue administration system in the last five months and worked tirelessly to ensure that the revenue target is achieved and accounted for.“The trust of our revenue drive is centred around voluntary compliance, enforcement and collection of revenue arrears.“We have also been able to do a lot around staff welfare, the major assets of any revenue collection agency. If the staff are well motivated, you should be rest assured of meeting the revenue target.“We have equally absorbed over 100 casual staff into the agency and addressed issues around promotion and proper placement of officers in the agency,” Abubakar said.The chairman added that the agency had also deployed adequate Point of Sales (POS) to ease revenue collection in local government areas.He said that the agency had also inaugurated Local Government Revenue Collection Committees in the 23 Local Government Areas of the state to boost revenue collection at local level.According to the chairman, KDIRS has created a Help Desk to resolve revenue related issues within 24 hours and holds quarterly meetings with council chairmen to look at progress and challenges.“Not only that, we have also created some Zonal Offices to cater for the needs of Area Offices and this has significantly improved revenue collection in our area offices in the last five months.“We have also created some units, one of which is the Intelligence Unit that assisted in increasing the state’s taxpayer data base from 120,000 to 350,000 in the last five months.“There is also the High Network Individual Unit created to ensure that wealthy individuals resident in the state are captured on the taxpayers’ net and pay their dues as at when due,” he said.Abubakar equally said that KDIRS had in the in last five months partnered with other revenue generating Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to boost revenue collection.According to him, the partnership has paid off, adding that some of the MDAs, notably Quality Assurance Authority have surpassed its 2019 revenue target.“Kaduna State Geographic Information System has equally increased its monthly revenue generation with about N20 million and N30 million,” he added.He however, said that taxpayers’ ignorance of the tax processes and other related issues were major challenges in the out going year.Abubakar said the agency had introduced quarterly taxpayer engagement in order to enlighten and educate them properly and get their feedback on how to improve tax administration in the state.Edited by: Isaac Ukpoju/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
The Edo House of Assembly on Monday suggested the removal of Mr Patrick Aguinede, the suspended chairman of Esan West Local Government Council, over unremitted Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
The request followed the consideration of the report of the panel of enquiry constituted by Gov. Godwin Obaseki to investigate allegations of fraud leveled against the chairman.
The report of the panel of enquiry was on Monday forwarded to the House by the governor.
The Leader of the House, Roland Asoro moved for the House to resolve into the Committee of the Whole to consider the report.
The motion was seconded by Mr Emmanuel Okoduwa, member representing Esan North East II constituency.
He said considering the report at the Committee of the Whole, the chairman presented fake figures to the panel.
He also said that the panel found the chairman wanting for under remitting the council IGR into the state government coffers.
According to the panel, Aguinede was allegedly remitting N4.5 million while within the period he was suspended, the council remitted N7.6 million.
The report, however, noted that the acting chairman of the council between Oct.7 and Oct. 30 remitted N9.1 million IGR to the state government.
The report stated that the difference in the amount generated in the council revealed that Aguinede was under remitting the council IGR.
The panel, therefore, recommended that the chairman be removed from office having been found culpable of the allegations.
The house after deliberation adopted the panel’s recommendation and removed the chairman from office.
The speaker, Mr Francis Okiye, thereafter, directed that clean copies of resolution be sent to the governor.
Also at plenary, the house summoned the chairman of the State Internal Revenue Service, Mr lgbinidu Inneh and the state commissioner for inance to appear before the House committee of Selection on Jan. 6, 2020.
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Gov. David Umahi of Enugu State has approved a minor cabinet reshuffle, appointment and promotions with immediate effect.
Umahi announced the changes while receiving members of Executive Council who paid him Christmas Homage on Sundayinmage at his home town, Uburu, in Ohaozara Local Government Area of the state.
A statement by his Media Assistant, Mr Francis Nwaze, said that Mrs Ann Aligwe Special Assistant (SA) on Small and Medium Enterprise (SME), has been promoted to Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Human Capital Development and Monitoring.
He said also the Special Assistant (SA) on Street Light, Mr Joseph Uguru, was recalled and posted as SA Human Capital Development, while the Special Assistant on Ease of Doing Business, Chief Collins Agbo, is now under Ministry of Business Development.
He said other reshuflement included Mr Orlando Nweze who was appointed as SA Capital City and Special Assistant on Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), and Mr Martin Ogwuegbu who was recalled and posted as SA on SME.
He added that Dr Stephen Odoh is now Commissioner for Business Development while the Special Assistant (SA) to the Governor on Finance was promoted to Senior Special Assistant.
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The Katsina State Joint Committee for the Implementation of New Minimum Wage says it will soon come up with new minimum wage that is sustainable by the government.
Chairman of the committee, Alhaji Mustapha Inuwa, disclosed this to newsmen on Tuesday in Katsina.
He said that the committee would take into considerations the revenue from the Federal Government coming to the state, the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) as well as payment of salaries, gratuities and pensions to retirees.
Inuwa, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the State, commended the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) for their understanding and patience.
“We have learnt that some states have started implementing the new minimum wage, but they still pay less than what the state government is paying its workers currently.
“The labor and workers should understand that the government will do what it can afford and become sustainable based on the available resources.
“We have about six to seven local government councils that have problems with payment of salaries and cannot pay the new minimum wage based on their financial status,” he said.
In his remarks, the state chairman of the NLC, Hussaini Hamisu, urged the state government to be honest and objective on the implementation of the new minimum wage.
Hamisu expressed the hope that the committee would work to beat the December deadline given by the NLC headquarters to states to sign the new minimum wage.
He commended the state government for giving them the opportunity to serve the state in that capacity.
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Gov. Bala Mohammmed of Bauchi state on Tuesday signed the state’s 2020 budget of N167.2 billion into law.The Nigeria News Agency reports that Mohammmed signed the budget one hour after it was passed by the state House of Assembly.
Speaking at the ceremony, the governor said the budget implementation will be monitored by a Monitoring Team.
He said government will introduce a mechanism to boost Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in the state.
“We will go beyond depending on pay as you earn as a means of revenue generation.
“We are talking with a consultant to help us draw out a plan that will capture the informal sector to improve the IGR of the state,” he said.
According to him, education, health, water supply, security and agriculture would receive lion share of the budget.
Mohammed noted that the lawmakers have the right to make adjustments in the budget as people’s representatives.
“I am happy that the budget which was submitted just two weeks ago has been returned.
“I commend the House for the show of sportsmanship in spite of our political differences. “We started staggeringly, but today we are together, achieving good results.
“Lawmakers have the mandate to make corrections that will improve the standard of living of people in the state,’’ he said.
Earlier, the Speaker, Mr Abubakar Suleiman said that the House didn’t waste time in passing the budget because it was comprehensive enough.
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Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has signed the 2020 Appropriation Bill of N177.3 billion into law.
Lalong had on Nov. 26 presented a budget estimate of N172.5 billion to the Plateau State House of Assembly for consideration and passage.
The governor said that the budget as passed by the legislature showed an increase of N4.7 billion, representing 2.6 per cent over the executive proposal submitted to the House.
“We have examined and noted that the larger part of the budget adjustments was on capital expenditure and within the Annual Budget Growth.
“We shall in implementing the budget ensure fiscal discipline, especially as we envisage your ardent commitment to oversight for the common good.
“Let me commend the Speaker, the leadership of the House and entire honourable members for giving the 2020 budget the desired expedited attention,” he said.
The governor directed the Ministry of Finance, Budget and Planning, and all Ministries, Departments and Agencies(MDAs) to ensure effective implementation of the fiscal policy.
He stressed that government would spare no effort to meeting revenue targets especially the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) which is crucial to funding the 2020 budget.
According to him, apart from setting new targets for the state Internal Revenue Service, government has approved the appointment of a reputable revenue expert to facilitate the maximisation of internally generated revenue accruable to the state.
He expressed optimism that more money would be generated through the engagement.
“This and more we must do if we are to implement the 2020 Budget and address the deficit which hovers in the region of N32 billion.
“Like I stated while laying the budget on the floor of the House, funds will be sourced locally and internationally to close this deficit gap as the need arises.
“We are also determined to continue to enhance our capacity and track record of prudence, accountability and transparency in expending public funds,” he said.
Lalong commended the assembly for partnering with him to return the budget circle to a normal calendar period.
The governor said that efforts should be made to maintain the tempo in the 2021 fiscal year.
The Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Mr Sylvester Wallangko, presented a brief of the budget before the governor’s assent.
Wallangko said that the budget was made up of N98.7 billion recurrent expenditure and N78.5 billion capital expenditure.
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The Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service (KDIRS) on Thursday announced plans to increase the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) target from N45 billion to N60 billion in 2020.
Dr Zaid Abubakar, the agency’s Executive Chairman, made this known at a meeting with stakeholders in local government revenue administration in Kaduna.
He said that the agency increased the target to a higher threshold with a view to pushing all revenue generating ministries, departments and agencies to meet their 2020 targets.
“The revenue is there for us to collect, but we can only do that when we are all on the same page and if we all play our part.
“Given the IGR potential in the state, I am very confident that we will be able to collect more than N45 billion at the end of 2020, even if we couldn’t achieve our N60 billion target.
“We have put all the necessary strategy in place and this meeting is one of them, designed to garner the support and cooperation of relevant stakeholders in local government revenue administration.
“This will enable us to collect all the revenues that are out there to collect,” the executive chairman said.
He said that the objective of the meeting was to address issues relating to local government revenue administration in the state, to boost revenue collection at local level.
Abubakar identified the key stakeholders to include the Local Government Chairmen, Ministry of Finance, Office of the Accountant General, Planning and Budget Commission, and Ministry for Local Government.
“These are the major stakeholders that have issues regarding revenue assessment, enforcement, collection and reimbursement of the revenue collected.
“We are here to resolve all issues regarding revenue collection at local levels so that we get the necessary assistance and support from the local government chairmen come 2020,” the executive chairman said.
Abubakar said that the agency also signed Memorandum of Understanding with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to go after high profile individuals who had been withholding tax.
He said that KDIRS would use the provisions of the law to enforce revenue collection in the state.
Also speaking, the Chairman of Kagarko Local Government Area, Mr Nasara Rabo, appealed to the ministry of finance to ensure timely remittance of revenues collected to the LGAs, to boost revenue drive.
According to him, regular remittance of the revenues, including 10 per cent of all revenue collected in the state to local councils, would encourage the chairmen to do more.
Responding, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Mr Murtala Dabo, apologised for the delay in remittance and promised that the ministry would clear all outstanding remittances before the end of the year.
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The Sokoto state government on Tuesday disclosed its plan of constructing new Veterinary hospital in the state to sustain its Animals healthcare initiative.Prof. Abdulkadir Junaidu, the state Commissioner for Animal Health and Fishery Development, made the disclosure shortly after defending the ministry’s budget proposal before Assembly Committee on Animal Health and Fishery Development.
According to Junaidu the gesture is in line with the government commitment toward empowering the livestock owners to become economically independent and to sustain its animals breading system.
“In the year 2020 we have budgeted for the second phase in our animals breading programme, which the first phase has recorded tremendous success.
“Generally, other programmes will be embarked upon by our ministry this coming year not only to bring development to the state but to also empower our people to be economically independent and to improve wealth in our state.
“We have since explored plan to construct additional Veterinary hospital and embarked on the renovation of all our available clinics across the 23 local government areas of the state.
“This, however, is in order to support our programme of maintaining the standard of animals development and encourage our state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR),” he said.
The Commissioner added that the ministry had noticed some encroachment in the state grazing reserves areas identified by the government.
“As such this coming year we will continue to secure those grazing reserves so that our farmers and livestock owners will continue to live peacefully,” he added.
The Committee Chairman, Alhaji Musa Miko (PDP- Tangaza), commended the ministry while assuring the state Assembly’s commitment to support all government policies and programmes.
Meanwhile the state Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Arzika Tureta, disclosed that the state government would construct three additional irrigation projects in the year 2020.
Tureta announced this development shortly after defending the ministry’s budget proposal before the state House of Assembly Committee on Agriculture.
The Commissioner said that the project was part of the major projects earmarked for the state’s agricultural transformation.
Tureta added that in the year 2020 government would come up with many other projects to enhance the farming standard of the state.
“This includes the proposed additional dam construction at Wurno local government to be carried out in partnership with NEWMAP.
“In addition to these, the state government has in its efforts to improve the socio-economic wellbeing of the citizens included Public Private Partnership (PPP) with OCP Africa and COPAG Morocco.
“This is in the development of Agriculture, Animal husbandry, mining and energy. The immediate outcome of this effort is the establishment of Phosphate fertilizer plant in the state which has begun in earnest,” he said.
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The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has passed a bill for a Law for the Establishment of the state’s Hotel Licensing Board to regulate activities of hotels and boost Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, the Speaker of the House, announced the passage of the bill after Alhaji Tanko Tunga, the Majority Leader, moved the motion for the passage on Monday in Lafia.
Abdullahi said that the bill, if finally assented to by the governor, would regulate the activities of hotels across the state for development to thrive.
“This bill will also boost the security and the revenue base of the state if finally assented to by the executive governor.
“The bill is very important to the development of the state, hence the need for its passage,’’ he said.
Abdullahi directed the clerk of the House to produce a clean copy of the bill for the governor’s assent.
Earlier, Tunga (APC – Awe North) while moving the motion for the bill, called on his colleagues to support it, considering its importance to societal development.
The Minority Leader, Mr Danladi Jatau (PDP-Kokona West), seconded the motion for the third reading of the bill.
In a related development, the House has adopted the report of its Joint Committee on Public Complaints, Petitions and Security/Judiciary, Ethics and Privileges on a Bill for Law to criminalise Kidnapping and for Connected Purposes Therewith.
The speaker slated Dec. 23 for the third reading of the bill, which recommended death penalty for kidnappers in the state.
Similarly, a Bill for a Law to Amend the Nasarawa State Fiscal Responsibility Commission Law (2013) scaled second reading at the floor of the House.
The Speaker committed the bill to the Standing Committee on Finance and Appropriation and directed the committee to report back on Dec. 18.
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